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Open Hearts | Open Minds | Open Doors |      Issue No. 6


It is the “good old summer time”! The 4th of July, picnics, ice cream, watermelons!
It is good to live in a land of so much freedom and that we should be grateful for.
Our founding fathers wrote a document that was so complete that it has only been modified a few times in the 235 years of this great nation. There is another document that has been written centuries ago and what is amazing about this is, the word has not changed. O yes, there has been different translations, but the “word” has not changed.
Amazing as our constitution is, the Bible is even more amazing. God’s word does not change. It is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Take time to examine this document, and see if you find that it is speaking to you. I hope that each of you had a happy Fourth of July!

Letter From The Editor

How my heart fills with pride,
Every time I step outside
See ‘Ole Glory waving in the wind.
Then a tear comes to my eye,
When I think of those who died,
They are heroes of our liberty.
The greatest hero didn’t lead an army, He didn’t fight or kill any other man.
He took the cross with His head held low, So we don’t have to go,
The greatest hero is my King of Kings.

As we celebrate this Fourth of July, may we remember those who sacrificially served so that you and I might enjoy our freedom and liberty. Truly, these people were heroes in every sense of the word. Worshiping, enjoying our families, and even celebrating the Fourth of July in grand style are made possible by men and women dedicated to the cause of freedom. On a grander scale, may we never forget the greatest Hero who also sacrificially gave His life so that you and I could be free from the bondage of sin. That person is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. As you celebrate our nation’s birthday, take time to remember what Jesus has done for you—all the blessings and liberties we enjoy are made possible by His death. The world’s greatest hero is our King of Kings.

By Julia O'Neal/Editor

Is it God, or Coincidence

How many times have you heard someone say, “Oh, what a coincidence?” Well, sometimes, I do believe the small happenstances in life might be coincidences. On February 6, 1999, there was no doubt in my mind what my answer to this question would have been if someone asked it of me. For two weeks leading up to this eventful day, I made several unusual choices. I wrote detailed lesson plans, decided not to attend a Girl Scout function, and returned home early that day from plans I made to have a “me” day. As a teacher, I was prepared for my first grade students on a daily basis. After teaching that grade level for a while, I didn’t need to write out extensive lesson plans to meet my daily teaching goals. For some unknown reason to me, two weeks before that day, I wrote such good lesson plans, anyone could follow them to teach my children the necessary skills. I even pre-cut construction paper to have it ready for Valentine boxes my kids were going to make. In the two year period my daughter had been in Girl Scouts, I attended every function, volunteered each time there was a special event, and never dreamed of “taking the day off” from an event. February 6, 1999 was “Thinking Day”, an annual event for the girls. I baked cookies for our Troop to have for the day, but I decided ahead of time not to stay and help out, as I had in the past. Finally, just before noon that day, I decided to drop by a house, the model home, my mom and dad were looking at to

purchase in Newnan. I arrived at the house at 12:15. The agents for the subdivision were gone to lunch, and they left a note they would be back around 1:00. Instead of having fun shopping or driving around, I chose to go back to my house and wait until 1:00 to drive back to see the house. Five minutes after I walked in the door to my home, the phone rang. I might add, I didn’t have a cell phone at that time. The only way I could have been reached at that moment was if I was home to answer the phone. The phone call was from my mother-in-law informing me that she thought my husband, Steve, might be having a heart attack. She tried to get him to agree to go to the hospital; he wouldn’t. I told her to put him on the phone. Fifteen minutes later, I was standing outside Newnan Hospital to help him through the most difficult ordeal of his life. He was in the middle of a moderate heart attack upon arrival. Now for my answer to the question posed at the beginning of this writing. I was off work for two weeks. Someone else taught my classes, made Valentine boxes with my children, picked my daughter from the Girl Scout event, and I saw the house Mama and Daddy were interested in weeks later. Without a doubt, I know it was God. He paved the way for me to be in the right place, at the right time, to be with Steve when he needed me. God is with us always, and leads us if we listen and follow his plan.

By Gayle Barker


Danny Singleton         6
Martha Tinsley         10
Sharon Mitchel         27
Susan Prisk              27


Christy & Micah Merino 13


Paula Deen's
Corn Casserole


1 (15 1/4-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (14 3/4-ounce) can cream-style corn
1 (8-ounce) package corn muffin mix (recommended Jiffy)
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
Shredded Medium Cheddar Cheese


In a large bowl, stir together the two cans of corn, corn muffin mix, sour cream, and butter. Pour into a greased casserole. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Top with generous amount of cheddar cheese and return to oven for another 5 minutes until cheese is melted.


The Water Pistol

My five year old son squealed with delight when he opened his birthday present from his grandmother. It was a water pistol. He promptly ran to the sink to fill it.

"Mom," I said. "I'm surprised at you. Don't you remember how we used to drive you crazy with water pistols?"

My mom smiled and said, "Yes, I remember."


Edna Neill, Linda Hyder, Inez Miller, Nancy Norman, Randy Kittle, Ashley Desjardin, Barbara Taylor, Wanda and Danny Singleton, Dora and Benny Hayes, Harold Barber, and Estel Hornsby (Juanita Adamson’s Brother-in-law).

Benny Hayes is in Newnan-Piedmont Hospital. Keep him in your prayers.

The 26th of June celebrated our pastor’s starting his thirtieth year here at Freeman. Our celebration was complete with many guests, a covered dish lunch, and believe it or not, a look of complete surprise on our pastor’s face. For those of you who know him, you will agree that this was not an easy task to complete—he is usually privy to everything going on around here. What a blessing it was to each of us to participate in this milestone in his ministry. We love you, Jim, and appreciate all you do for us. It is our prayer that God will give you many more years in which to serve Him faithfully as you have done for the past 30 years.

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